Nick Paton Walsh. Mohammed Jamjoom and Joe Sterling
October 19, 2012

A top Lebanese intelligence official known for his anti-Syrian stance was targeted and killed Friday in a massive blast that shattered a normally calm neighborhood in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, the country’s news media reported.

The attack, which killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan and at least two others, has heightened fears that Syria’s civil war is starting to spill over into neighboring Lebanon.

Hours after the attack, there were reports of unrest across Lebanon, including gunfire in the northern city of Tripoli. Enraged citizens in Beirut blocked roads and fired guns to protest the killing, Lebanese news reports said.

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